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In December ( Shan people call this month duan jeng ) and January ( duan gum ), during the cold winter months after the rice has all been harvested, the local people make khao lam, which is a kind of sweet made from cooking rice inside bamboo sticks, and khao buk, which is steamed sticky rice pounded with sesame seeds. These sweets are made as offerings to Buddha and also to give out to friends and neighbours. During this time there are no specific religious festivals.

In February ( duan sam ) the people celebrate the tradition of khao ya goo by giving out red sticky rice parcels. They make these by first steaming the sticky rice and mixing it with sugar cane, coconut and peanuts. They take the rice cakes to the temple to make offerings and also give them out to their friends and neighbours.

In March ( duan see ) heralds the start of the very important festival of Poi Sang Long, which is the ordination of young Shan boys as novice monks.

In April ( duan ha ) there is the festival of Songkran, during which time the people prepare food and offerings to take to make merit at the temples.

In May ( duan hok ) the festival of Poi Ja Dee takes place, during which time the people collect sand and take it to the temples to make little Chedi's in the temple grounds during the time of the full moon and they all join together to make merit.

In June ( duan jed ) the people make offerings to the village spirits at various sites throughout the area.

During July, August and September ( duan bet, gao, sip ) the tradition of Dang Som Doh Long is held, which consists of making offerings of specially prepared food for the older people who are spending the Buddhist Lent months in the temples.

In October ( duan sipet ) the festival of Hen Som Go Ja is held, which consists of making offerings to relatives who have already passed away. There are also celebrations to mark the end of the Lent season, or Jong Para. During the evening the people make processions carrying hand made castle like structures (to welcome the Buddha back from heaven where he went during the Lent season to visit his mother) to the temples, or else place them outside their homes to bring merit to their families. During these ceremonies there is music and dancing. Mostly the dancing is done by dancers dressed up as mythological creatures, such as the mythological half bird - half human ginaree and the mythological yak, which is held by two dancers, rather like a pantomime horse.

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